Special Populations

Technology and Rural Education

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Technology and Rural Education Technology holds great potential for rural schools, such as extending the reach of excellent teachers and expanding course offerings. But digital devices in a pre-digital school structure will not transform K-12. This paper, written for the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho, offers policymakers and philanthropic leaders a set of recommendations to capitalize on the potential of technology to serve students: expand broadband access to schools lacking it, create an elite corps of proven teachers who would be made available to students across the state, and … [Read more...]

Connecting Youth through Multiple Pathways

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Connecting Youth through Multiple Pathways [pdf] This report, developed by Dana Brinson, Bryan Hassel and Jacob Rosch for the education program at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, explores some of the efforts districts, foundations and nonprofit organizations have made at reconnecting vulnerable youth who have fallen off track. It covers the rationale behind and development of multiple pathways to graduation and provides examples from municipalities that have developed promising programs to engage youth in school and social networks that will prepare them for careers and post-secondary … [Read more...]

Demystifying Special Education in Virtual Charter Schools

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Demystifying Special Education in Virtual Charter Schools This report, by Lauren Morando Rhim and Julie Kowal, describes how educating students with disabilities in virtual charter schools entails not only molding state charter school laws to fit a specialized type of charter school, but also adapting federal and state special education guidelines aimed at providing special education in traditional brick and mortar settings. This special report, funded by the USDOE National Initiatives Grant of the Charter Schools Program and administered by the National Association of State Directors of … [Read more...]

Exploring Success in the Charter Sector: Case Studies of Six Charter Schools Engaged in Promising Practices for Children with Disabilities

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Exploring Success in the Charter Sector: Case Studies of Six Charter Schools Engaged in Promising Practices for Children with Disabilities [pdf] Ideally, charter developers use autonomy extended by state charter school laws to develop new robust educational options for all children, including children with disabilities. This report, written by Lauren Morando Rhim and Dana Brinson for the Center on Reinventing Public Education, presents findings from exploratory case studies of six charter schools identified due to their reported success educating children with disabilities. Collectively, they … [Read more...]

Rethinking Special Education Accountability

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Rethinking Special Education Accountability Bryan Hassel co-authored two articles with Patrick J. Wolf about making the nation's special education system more outcome-oriented and less procedure oriented. The first, Effectiveness and Accountability (Part 1): The Compliance Model and the second, Effectiveness and Accountability (Part 2): Alternatives to the Compliance Model both appear in the book jointly published by the Progressive Policy Institute and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. … [Read more...]

Special Education Challenges and Opportunities in the Charter School Sector

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Special Education Challenges and Opportunities in the Charter School Sector [pdf] Ensuring the growth of successful charter schools requires special attention to a variety of challenges associated with providing high-quality specialized services to children with disabilities, such as lack of clarity about legal responsibilities, limited access to existing state support structures, and limited technical capacity to provide specialized services. This report, written by Lauren Morando Rhim for the Center on Reinventing Public Education, explores these challenges and examines potential … [Read more...]

Youth at High Risk of Disconnection: A data update of Michael Wald and Tia Martinez’s Connected by 25: Improving the Life Chances of the Country’s Most Vulnerable 14-24 Year Olds

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Youth at High Risk of Disconnection: A data update of Michael Wald and Tia Martinez’s Connected by 25: Improving the Life Chances of the Country’s Most Vulnerable 14-24 Year Olds Nearly every young adult who experiences long-term disconnection—from work, school, and community—falls into one or more of the following groups before age 19: teen in foster care, juvenile justice involved, teen mother, or high school dropout. This report, developed by Jacob Rosch, Dana Brinson and Bryan Hassel for the education program at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is an update of Michael Wald and Tia … [Read more...]